Different president, same old government shutdown threats
May 05 2017 by Irving Hamilton
By Monday, Trump allies seemed to acknowledge that no spending bill with $1 billion for the border wall could pass Congress - and that keeping the government open had to be the priority. They have opposed the underlying GOP bill because of its cuts in Medicaid and to federal subsidies Obama's law provides many people buying individual policies. It can be recalled that the Trump administration said that it would continue to pay the subsidies to insurance companies under the ACA. Among these is the issue of payment to health insurers. Schumer to interact with the White House. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of Senate leadership, said of Trump.
It should not be used as bait to sweeten any deal with the Democrats.
"The fact that the wall is now off the table - Americans should breathe a huge sigh of relief", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
"This is active negotiations", Republican Senator David Purdue said. Mitch McConnell addressing the media during the 2017 "Congress of Tomorrow" Joint Republican Issues Conference in Philadelphia on January 26.
Top congressional Democrats have said the payments are non-negotiable, and half of the party's voters (50 percent) said they're ready to shut down the government over the issue, while 36 percent were not. Along with other contentious measures, the wall funding threatened to precipitate another government shutdown as the current budget expired.
"As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters.
In his West Wing office, Priebus touted the administration's accomplishments in the countdown to the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
The Trump administration most likely will seek money for the wall in legislation funding the government for the fiscal year starting October 1, but lawmakers are likely to balk again.
"I don't want to start talking about a short-term CR on a Tuesday".
Over the recess, Republicans and Democrats worked carefully to craft a must-pass spending bill that all parties could agree on and could be signed by the President, but the delicate negotiations have hit a few roadblocks in recent days.
Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill. When Kate Steinle, one of Mrs. Pelosi's constituents, was slain in 2015 by an illegal alien from Mexico who had encountered no barrier on the border to sanctuary in San Francisco, Mrs. Pelosi had nothing to say about the immorality of taking an innocent life. "They don't want security at the border, they never have, and we should not let them play linguistic or semantics games to try to pull down a mandate that the American people commanded when they went to the polls". Mr. Trump claimed in his interview Friday with the Associated Press that the wall would stop illegal drugs from entering the country, and that's reason enough to build it.
Instead of funding for the wall - which Mr. Trump still claims will be paid by Mexico somehow, some day - he'll probably get other kinds of border security from Congress.
"While we agreed to go ahead and make the. payments for now, we haven't made a final decision about future commitments", a White House official said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - There's an unconventional new president in the White House. "And if our president tells us it's creating impediments to our border, we should do it".